“We expect an increased number of tourists during the Eid vacation,” said Omar Sultan, president of Cox's Bazar Hotel-Motel and Guesthouse Owners Association.
Different hotels, motels and guesthouses in the beach city have sold 50 percent of the rooms for the July 31-August 1 duration, he said.
The industry was hit hard last year due to volatile politics over the national election. Hoteliers are now hopeful of recovering losses suffered in the previous season.
“We lost around Tk 8 crore last year to frequent shutdowns,” said Mohiuddin Khan Khokon, director for sales and marketing at Hotel The Cox Today.
This year, the hotel with 276 rooms has no vacancies from July 31 to August 3. It earns more than Tk 10 lakh in room tariffs a day if all the rooms are occupied, Khokon said.
Tour operators expect a high turnout of local tourists at popular destinations such as Cox's Bazar, Rangamati, Bandarban and Sylhet due to a weeklong vacation.